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Monoclonius!

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Enigmatic fossils of a juvenile Centrosaurus coupled with mineral deposits and what is probably a chimera of mammal and elasmobranch chondrichthian have yet to be satisfactorily explained.

This one is dedicated to my buddy :iconpristichampsus:, who read Tyrannosaur Queen ([link]) all the way through and gave me some helpful comments.
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Thanks! Glad to see another dino-riders fan.
TheArchosaurQueen's avatar
Your welcome. And same here, I haven't really talk about it in ages.
Pristichampsus's avatar
Also, thanks so much for this, totally great reward, but reading the book was ample enough reward too.
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:) Thanks. I appreciate it.
Pristichampsus's avatar
Oh gosh, the epicness. Monoclonius was one of the first Dino-riders I had. This brings back warm, fuzzy memories of when tv shows could exist solely to promote toy lines, and noone cared about the moral implications. Too bad I gave them all to charity later in my youth...
TheArchosaurQueen's avatar
I still have mine somewhere, but its cool you liked Dino-riders too :).
Pristichampsus's avatar
I like them even more retroactively, knowing how insanely accurate they were. Bob Bakker was involved in the design process, no lie.
TheArchosaurQueen's avatar
I see. And oh my gosh, no wonder they turned out so good looking :). I really wish JP would get his help, lol.
bensen-daniel's avatar
I had a suspicion Dino-Riders was on your mind when you requested Monoclonius.
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Well, Monoclonius reminds me of dinoriders mostly because the dino-riders monoclonius was so memorable. Also, my first childhood dinosaur books usually featured monoclonius, I assume this was at the time that centrosaurus was considered a junior synonym.

I was fascinated later by it, as I grew up, because if it was a valid taxon, it is extremely un-adorned. Was it perhaps a neotenic ceratopsian? We now have tatankaceratops, which could be considered to trike what monoclonius is to centrosaurus, maybe isolated dwarfed populations of ceratopsians could have ended up like this. I think some study of centrosaurus bonebed material should be undertaken to find out if the juveniles of the same size look anything like mono. I am still hoping against hope that mono is a valid taxon, just a plain lookin guy with that adorable hooked nose horn.
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Well there's always hope. I would bet more on dwarf ceratopsians turning up in Europe, though.
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maybe on islands in the western interior seaway, if the islands there were ever constant enough...
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Dinoriders! Instant recognition :p
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